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American Cinematheque Honors Julia Roberts

On Friday, October 12, Julia Roberts was honored with
the 22nd Annual American Cinematheque Award at the Cinematheque’s
annual benefit gala.  The award was presented by Denzel Washington and also featured tributes from
Tom Hanks, Marcia Gray Harden, Shirley MacLaine, Dermot Mulroney, Bruce
Willis, and Oprah Winfrey. The award’s presentation will be broadcast on AMC on Wednesday, December 5.

Julia Roberts will soon be reunited with her Closer
director Mike Nichols in the upcoming film Charlie Wilson’s War alongside actor
Tom Hanks. Recently, she made her Broadway debut in Richard Greenberg’s "Three
Days of Rain." Roberts and Red Om Films have produced
Mona Lisa Smile, in which she also appeared, and executive produced Samantha: An American Girl Holiday, Felicity: An American Girl Adventure and
most recently, Molly: An American Girl on
the Homefront
.
Roberts can also be heard as the voice of Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web and also appeared in Ocean’s Eleven, directed by Steven
Soderbergh. Previously she appeared in
George Clooney’s directorial debut Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Full Frontal, her third role in a Steven Soderbergh film. She received the Academy Award and a Golden
Globe Award for her portrayal of  Erin Brockovich, directed by Soderbergh. In addition, she starred in last year’s ensemble crime caper, Ocean’s Twelve, also under his
direction.


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Erin Brockovich followed the success of two box-office smashes: Notting Hill, directed by Roger Michell in which she co-starred with Hugh Grant and Runaway Bride, in which she was reunited with Richard Gere, her Pretty Woman co-star and their director, Garry Marshall.

Roberts also starred in The Mexican, with her Ocean’s Eleven co-star Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini and America’s Sweethearts, in which she starred alongside Billy Crystal, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Cusack and Hank Azaria.

Roberts has starred in many of Hollywood’s most successful films. She first came to the attention of audiences
with her critically acclaimed role in Mystic Pizza, and then in Steel Magnolias, which led to her first
Academy Award® nomination. Her next
film, Pretty Woman, was the
top-grossing film of 1990 and brought Roberts her second Academy Award®
nomination. Her memorable performance in
that film was followed by a series of notable films including Flatliners, Sleeping With the Enemy, Dying Young, The Pelican Brief,  and Something to Talk About.

In 1997, Roberts starred in the box-office smash My Best Friend’s Wedding, directed by
P.J. Hogan and the Richard Donner directed thriller Conspiracy Theory co-starring Mel
Gibson. Following that Roberts starred opposite Susan Sarandon and Ed Harris in the Chris Columbus film, Stepmom. Collectively, her films have grossed more than two and a half billion dollars worldwide.

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